Raiders 'can upset rivals' says Marshall
PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 February 2014
Player-coach prepares for Isle of Wight double-header
Raiders player-coach Danny Marshall believes his wafer-thin squad can upset the Isle of Wight this weekend.
The two sides meet in National League action at Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday, 5.30pm), before a cup clash on the island the following night.
And Marshall has taken heart from last weekend’s slender defeat at the Ryde Ice Arena, saying: “It was very close and everyone gave a good account of themselves.
“It’s frustrating, though. There’s no point coming close and not getting any points, but I can’t be too harsh on the boys – I haven’t got many of them!
“We’ve got Isle of Wight twice this weekend and they know they will have to bring their A game or we could beat them.
“We seem to play better on the road lately and this is the warm-up period for the play-offs. We’re playing some good hockey.”
Marshall’s men fell behind in the seventh minute, but Frankie Harvey and Jakub Klima netted 18 seconds apart to then edge them in front.
And although Wight levelled before the first break, the visitors regained the lead early in the middle session through young Charlie Phillips.
The hosts turned things around with a double, before Klima made it 4-4 but tempers boiled over soon after.
Richard Nembhard was ejected with a match penalty for spearing Phillips and picked up extra minutes for roughing along with AJ Smith.
Wight moved ahead late in the period, but Harvey’s second goal of the night squared matters again in the 50th minute before Raiders conceded a shorthanded goal.
The home side opened up a two-goal gap with 4:35 to play, but Klima completed his hat-trick to give Raiders late hope, but it proved in vain.
Harvey and Grant Taylor found the target the following night, but Raiders could not prevent Invicta from skating away with the points after a 5-2 victory.
Marshall felt the margin was a little harsh on his small squad, adding: “The score didn’t reflect the game really. It was quite close but they pulled a couple away late on.
“They’re never a pretty team to watch but they’ve got good individual talent, which shines through now and then.”
Slovakian hotshot Juraj Huska was kept off the scoresheet by his former teammates, though, and let his frustrations get the better of him as the teams came together at the end of one of the periods.
Marshall added: “He didn’t look happy but people chirp in hockey and you’ve got to take it.
“Sometimes it sets people off and it gave the boys something to laugh about.
“I felt for him a bit, but there’s not a lot of room for sympathy in hockey.”